By Chuck Huckaby
Harold Fickett’s recent work “The Ralph D. Winter Story: How One Man Dared to Shake up World Missions” is a fantastic primer into the abiding impact of the founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission (http://www.uscwm.org). It’s slender 180 pages are quickly and enjoyably read and filled with insights into not only Winter’s life, but also the American evangelical milieu during the same time period. Weaving interesting anecdotes and narrative, it succeeds in outlining Winter’s life and demonstrating his key contributions to the Church. He is today remembered primarily in the area of missionary theory and practice. To a much smaller extent he is remembered in the areas of the Protestant reappraisal and reappropriation of the concept of the “religious order” and the interplay between science, disease eradication, and theodicy.
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